Wed 17th July – Sun 1st Sept, Bodenham Arboretum’s Giant’s Trail

 

Bodenham’s friendly, but very forgetful Giant has misplaced lots of his belongings. Can you help find them?
His giant toothbrush, his big pants, huge spectacles…plus lots more…where can they be?

Open 10am – 5pm, every day during the School Holidays.
Normal Arboretum Admission fees apply – Adults £6.50, Children £3.50 (Under 5s free).
Booking not required / pay upon arrival.

Fresh, home produced food available from our Visitor Centre or why not bring a picnic…we have over 5 miles of wonderful woodland walks to explore! Dogs on leads welcome!

 

Wed 24th July –  Fri 30th Aug (Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays)

Summer Holiday Fun with The World Outside

The World Outside is an independent Forest School run within the grounds of Bodenham Arboretum.

WEDNESDAYS – WILDERNESS EXPLORERS – 2 HOUR SESSION for 5 to 12 year olds
Bushcraft and Woodland Activities for families
10am – 12noon / 1pm – 3pm: Wednesdays & Fridays
Cost £5.50 (discount for siblings)
Children to be accompanied by a responsible adult
(Younger siblings are welcome – though they must have a ticket!)

THURSDAYS – FOREST EXPLORERS – DROP OFF & LEAVE, 7 HOUR SESSION – 5 – 14 YEARS OLDS
9.00AM – 4.00PM: Every Thursday
£28.00* per child / 2 children that are siblings £50* / 3 children who are siblings £70*
10% Discount for booking three dates or more.
Includes a camp fire snack.Activities include stream damming, den building, pond dipping, cooking on fire, tool use, mini beast hunting plus much much more.
Bring a packed lunch, waterproofs, wellies, suntan cream and a sun hat and a change of clothes. Long sleeves and trousers recommended. Places are limited so please book early.

FRIDAYS – MINI EXPLORERS – A 1 HOUR SESSION for 5 under fives
A session in the woodlands at Bodenham Arboretum for families based on the Forest School Ethos

10 – 11am and 11.30am – 12.30pm: Every Friday
Cost £4.50 (discount for siblings). (Children to be accompanied by a responsible adult)

For a full list of dates, to book and more information, please visit :-
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/theworldoutsideforestschool
Or contact Sandra, e-mail – sandra@theworldoutside.co.uk / Tel: 07765 394456.

Please note: Activity clothes and sturdy shoes are a must for al! Bring waterproofs, wellies, suntan cream and a sun hat (a change of clothes for the journey home).Long sleeves and trousers
recommended. You do not need to pay entry to the Arboretum to attend forest school but attendance at forest school does not permit entry to the Arboretum.

 

Sat 31st Aug

Outdoor Yoga at Bodenham

Enjoy yoga in the open air, exploring the body and opening the mind. Breathe deep and let your body guide you. The session is open to all levels of experience, whether you have never done yoga before or are an experienced practitioner. Enjoying an open flow and open hearted practice in the beautiful grounds of Bodenham Arboretum. Guided by yoga teacher Victoria Waits you will be taken on a journey releasing tension and stress within the body physical and emotionally. Listening to the sounds of nature, connecting to the earth, feeling the breeze and sharing the space with like minded people. Suitable for ages 16+

Duration – one and a half hours – 1.30-3.00pm.
Cost: £10 per person.

Book in advance by calling the Visitor Centre on 01562 852444
Meet at the Visitor Centre 10-15 minutes prior to session beginning.

Please bring your own mat if you have one, if not please email: victoriawaitsyoga@gmail.com. Wear comfortable clothes nothing to baggy, nothing too tight! Your ticket allows you to enjoy the grounds. Lovely food and refreshments (not included in the price) available from the Visitor Centre – so you’re welcome to enjoy a drink and sit down after the workshop has finished.

These workshops are held in the grounds outdoors, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful sunshine. Sessions are weather permitting, if it is raining on the day you will receive notification that the workshop has been cancelled and will be refunded in full.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Friday 23 Aug – Silver Clay Jewellery Making Workshop

A wonderful 3-hour workshop, in the tranquil setting of Bodenham’s Lakeside Room, led by Kim Ridler who brings her experience in silver-smithing, enamelling and silver-clay.

The workshop is suitable for beginners and will take you through each stage of the process – rolling out the clay, texturing, cutting, drying, sanding, firing, finishing – with a bit a of polishing of your very own piece of silver jewellery!

All materials are included.
The workshop can accommodate 4 people (suitable for all ages aged 16+) and please note that you must wear closed toe footwear. Silver chains will also be available to purchase on the day if you wish to hang your beautiful pendant on one.

Cost £70 per person.
To book, please call Bodenham’s Visitor Centre on 01562 852444.

 

 

Sat 31st Aug, Plant Hunters’ Fair

FREE admission into the Plant Fair. Top specialist nurseries with thousands of plants to choose from.

Each stall has it’s own unique range of plants including rare, unusual, heritage and brand new varieties. There is something for every garden!

Normal admission applies into the grounds. Dogs are welcome! Free parking!

 

Wed 4th September start – 6 day course…

‘An Inspirational journey from pencil & watercolour studies of landscape to a wool fibre painting.’

10 am – 4pm, Wed 4th, Thurs 5th, Fri 6th, Wed 11th, Thurs 12th, Fri 13th Sept, 

Join professional Artist and Art Tutor Raya Brown for an inspirational journey, creating pencil and watercolour landscapes, culminating in a unique wool fibre art painting.

Working outdoors in the lovely grounds of Bodenham Arboretum, to begin, you will explore the flora of the great garden by making sketchbook studies of nature – trees, plants, sky, water and the surrounding countryside.

You will receive guidance in pencil and watercolour techniques. You will explore line, tone, colour and composition as well as develop your observational skills. These studies will help you to capture interesting scenes and convey impressions of atmosphere.

Finally, you will use your landscape work to produce a wool painting/ wool watercolour. Raya will introduce you to the unique technique of making a painting using layers of merino wool and enhancing it with silk and viscose fibres. You will love the therapeutic experience of working with feather like strands of natural fibres and exploring various textures and effects.

This course is ideal if you are either new to sketching and watercolour or if you have some experience and wish to refine your existing skills. It also offers you the opportunity to learn a new medium, develop your creative skills and share ideas with likeminded people in a friendly, comfortable and tranquil environment.

Cost – £215 for this 6-day course (during a two week period) – includes entry tickets to Bodenham Arboretum, tuition and the cost of some materials. In the case of bad weather we will be able to study indoors at the Gazebo in the grounds of the Arboretum. Lunch not included but can be purchased at the Arboretum.

To book / for more information contact –
Raya Brown on 077 924 22385 or visit her website: www.magicwoolbyraya.com

 

Mon 9th September, Djembe Drumming Workshop – Beginners to Improvers

 

Experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making with tutor Faith Sax for an energizing day here in the beautiful surroundings of Bodenham Arboretum.

£37.00 per person for the day, which also includes morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea!

The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums are provided. Other Workshops will be running throughout the year.

An additional Workshop will be taking place on 18th Nov.

To book please call 01562 852444.

 

 

Sat 26th – Wed 31st October, Halloween Torchlit Pumpkin Walk

6 NIGHTS! TICKETS GO ON SALE 1ST AUGUST!

Enjoy a torchlit walk around the Big Pool at Bodenham Arboretum, spotting the pumpkins and trying to work out the hidden word, before finishing up on the lakeside terrace for fun activities such as cooking marshmallows on the camp fire, listening to scary ghost stories and apple bobbing, plus much more! The restaurant will also be open to purchase homemade soup, jacket potatoes and warm drinks.

Tickets go on sale 1st August. Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment!

Tickets £4 each (Adults and Children over 2 years).
– Under 2s free of charge – plus booking fee.

Book online – here www.ticketsource.co.uk/bodenhamarboretum.  Please either print out your ticket or download to your phone when you book.

Don’t forget your: torches, carved pumpkin for the competition, fancy dress (though if cold you may want to put this over your nice warm clothes!). Also please be aware that if cooking marshmallows by the fire that some costumes are highly flammable!).

All children to be accompanied by a responsible adult.
An event organised by The World Outside and Bodenham Arboretum.

Further information – 01562 852444

 

Sat 16th November, Bodenham After Dark – A Guided Ghost Walk

Join us for a guided Ghost Walk. Dare to be scared as terrifying tales from Bodenham’s past are recounted like never before. Weeping Bank Productions bring terror to the Arboretum. It will be dark…very dark…and here, no one can hear you scream!

Grounds open 6.00pm, food served until 9.00pm

Tickets: £15, inc light supper*. Bar open.
Time slots: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm – limited spaces.
Each walk lasting approximately 45 minutes. Choose to eat prior or after your guided walk – food will be served 6 – 9pm. An outdoor event so please wear suitable attire / footwear. Torch optional.

To book call: 01562 852444 stating your preferred time slot.
*Choice of food inc vegetarian option

An outdoor event so please wear suitable attire / footwear. Torch optional.

 

 

 

Mon 18th November, Djembe Drumming Workshop – Beginners to Improvers

 

Experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making with tutor Faith Sax for an energizing day here in the beautiful surroundings of Bodenham Arboretum.

£37.00 per person for the day, which also includes morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea!

The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums are provided. Other Workshops will be running throughout the year.

To book please call 01562 852444.

 

 

Sat 30th November – Wed 1st January, Bodenham’s Nativity Trail

 

The Nativity Trail at Bodenham has long been a tradition popular with families for several years. We invite you to come and take part in our magical family event, following the stars, before reaching the live Nativity Scene in the farmyard barns, complete with our family of donkeys.
 
You can take part in our competition along the way – answering questions along the trail before posting your entry in the Visitor Centre. The winners will be announced at the end of the Christmas Season and a prize awarded.
 
The Nativity Trail is included in normal admission into the grounds – £6.50 Adults, £3.50 Children (5-16 years).
Booking isn’t necessary – simply turn up and pay upon arrival.
Opens Sat 30th Nov from 11am – 5pm – until Wed 1st January, ** CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY & BOXING DAY **
Dogs welcome but please keep on a lead.
 

 

 

Fri 20th & Sat 21st December – Carols by Candlelight

 

One of our favourite family events of the year…so much so we have added an additional night – Friday 20th and Saturday 21st December, 5.00 – 7.00pm.

Join the torch-lit procession from the Visitor Centre to the Barns for our Christmas Carol Service, before returning to the Lakeside Terrace to soak up the festive atmosphere with mulled wine and mince pies (included in ticket price).

A bar will be open & hot food inc turkey baguettes will be served until 9pm. Vegetarian option & Children’s Snack Boxes also available.

Proceeds go to St. John the Baptist Church, Wolverley.

Tickets – £4 per person (Adults & children 2yrs+) – on Sale from October 1st.

 

 

PAST EVENTS

Sat 20th & Sun 21st July

Svartland Vikings come to Bodenham!

They’re back! Come down to Bodenham and experience the life of a Viking where you’ll get to see the different crafts, skills, games, pastimes and combat displays! A great family event!

All the Svartland members are very friendly and approachable and love to talk to people and share their knowledge of the Viking Age! Various displays throughout the day / over the weekend.

Normal admission charges apply to go into the grounds – £6.50 Adults, £3.50 (5-16 year olds), under 5s free of charge.

The Vikings will also be returning in September!

Booking not required – pay upon arrival.

Wed 22nd May – Sun 2nd June

Can you spot our special visitors who are hiding in the Arboretum? They have taken over ‘Poplar Dingle!’

The ‘Tree People’ are quite shy…some are funny, some grumpy, some cheeky and some very naughty. They like to hide amongst the trees!

They’re looking forward to seeing you…collect a treat at the end if you manage to find them all!

From Wed 22nd May onwards, Wednesdays – Sundays, from 10am – 5pm

Adults £6.50, Children £3.50 (under 5s free). Booking not necessary – just turn up. Dogs on leads welcome.

Wed 26th June  ‘Butterfly Days’ Inking Workshop

Join us for a morning of calm creativity in the beautiful Lakeside Room at Bodenham Arboretum. It’s a stunning location and perfect for a morning of mindful making. In this relaxing, creative workshop, Lisa will lead you through three simple inking techniques to help you explore mixed media layering.

Lose yourself in this simple process, working with layers of printed papers, vellum, and washi to create your own trio of inked artwork celebrating golden summer days. We’ll show you some simple techniques for adding embellishments for super satisfying results and you’ll be able to frame your masterpieces to take away.

This is an uplifting, beginner friendly creative session, with two hours tuition, all materials and tools provided for use during the workshop and hot / cold drinks included. Tutors Lisa and Claire are qualified teachers, who have been running creative and crochet workshops since 2014 helping people to learn new craft skills and relax with mindful making.

Time: 11am – 1pm, Cost £25 pp includes:
* Two hours of relaxed, mindful making.
* Everything you need to learn to make your own inked artworks celebrating golden summer days, which you will frame to take away.
* A hot / cold drink.

HOW TO BOOK & PAY:
https://www.createsometime.co.uk/shop/
or Email: claire@createsometime.co.uk for alternative arrangements. Please telephone the Visitor Centre at Bodenham Arboretum 01562 852444 (Closed Monday and Tuesdays) if you wish to leave your details for Claire to contact you directly.
Cash payments can also be made in advance at The Visitor Centre.

Fri 21st June, Pudding Night at Bodenham

Menu 21st June….
Starters: Choose from – Pate, Garlic Mushrooms or Haloumi Salad

Then, all you can eat of: –
Hot Puddings – Sticky Toffee Pudding, Spotted Dick, Peach Cobbler, Queen of Puddings, Apple Strudel….
Cold Puddings – Chocolate Orange Profiteroles, Crème Brûlée, Banoffee Pie, Lemon Cheesecake, Tiramisu….
Plus, Cheese and Biscuits, Tea & Coffee – if you still have room!

6.30 – 9.00pm. Just £25 per person.
To book – please call the Visitor Centre on 01562 852444. £5 deposit per person required, balance payable on the evening.

*Should we run out of any of the listed puddings on the night we reserve the right to serve alternatives – because Bodenham never runs out of puddings and they will all be equally delicious!

We will also be running our Pudding Nights on Fri 20th Sept and Fri 22nd Nov. Menus will be posted nearer the time.

 

 

 

Sat 15th June, Bodenham’s Proms & Picnic in the Park

An open-air concert brought to you by one of the Midlands’ fastest growing contemporary choirs and Hereford’s finest wind band, in the beautiful grounds of Bodenham Arboretum.

Bring your own picnic and sit back and enjoy a night of quintessential music from Bromyard’s Symphonic Wind Band and Got 2 Sing Choir, covering a variety of genres from contemporary, to West End musicals and classic ‘prom’ tunes!

A bar will also be open. Grounds open 6.30pm

Tickets: £12.50 Adults, £5 Under 16s (+ booking fee)
Available from Ticketsource –
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bodenhamarboretum
Also available directly from Bodenham Arboretum, tel: 01562 852444
Sorry no gazebos or barbeques allowed.

Link to FaceBook promotional video.

 

 

 

Wed 29th – Fri 31st May – Half Term Adventures with the Wilderness Explorers

Wilderness Explorers is a two hour session for 5-12 year olds (or one hour for the Under 5s) where the children can experience and discover the woods in a safe and secure environment. The wonderful woodland of Bodenham Arboretum provides a beautiful backdrop for our adventures! Activities include bushcraft and forest school type activities, including den building, mud kitchen, cooking on the fire, natural arts and crafts.

Please note that unless otherwise stated that children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Ages are for guidance only please enquire if you have siblings outside of the suggested age group

Places Limited – Book early to avoid disappointment!

2 HOUR SESSION – 5 – 12 year olds…
Cost £5.50 (siblings £4.75)
Wednesday 29th May, 10 -12noon or 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 30th May 10 -12 noon & 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Friday 31st May 11.30 – 1.30pm

Also….Friday sessions for the Under 5s

1 HOUR SESSION – Under 5s
Friday 31st May 10 – 11am
Cost £4.50 (siblings £4.20)

Activity clothes and sturdy shoes are a must for all! Bring waterproofs, wellies, (a change of clothes for the journey home).

Book here – www.ticketsource.co.uk/theworldoutsideforestschool
For further information on times, activities and prices, please email Sandra at sandra@the-worldoutside.co.uk or visit www.theworldoutside.co.uk

 

 

 

Wed 10th – Sun 28th April –  The Bodenham Easter Trail

Easter just would not be complete without an Easter Bunny and his favourite food – carrots! Hunt for his carrots and other favourite vegetables around the Arboretum which will lead you to Mr McGregor’s Garden, before collecting a treat from the Visitor Centre.

The Easter Trail is included in normal admission into the Grounds – over 5 miles of wonderful woodland walks for the family to explore! Admission also gives you access to the farm where you can say hello to our Spring lambs and young calves, plus our donkeys always provide a warm welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 24th – Fri 26th April – Easter Adventures with the Wilderness Explorers

Wilderness Explorers is a two hour session for 5-12 year olds (or one hour for the Under 5s) where the children can experience and discover the woods in a safe and secure environment. The sessions are run by ‘The World Outside’ – an independent Forest School set within the wonderful woodland of Bodenham Arboretum which provides a beautiful backdrop for our adventures!

Activities include bushcraft and forest school type activities, including den building, mud kitchen, cooking on the fire, natural arts and crafts.
Please note that unless otherwise stated that children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Ages are for guidance only please enquire if you have siblings outside of the suggested age group
Places Limited – Book early to avoid disappointment!

2 HOUR SESSION – 5 – 12 year olds, Cost £5.50 (siblings £4.75)
Wednesday 24th April 10 -12noon or 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 26th April 10 -12 noon & 1.00pm – 3.00pm & Friday 27th April 1.30 – 3.30pm

Also….

1 HOUR SESSION – Under 5s, Cost £4.75 (siblings £4.20)
Friday 27th April 10 – 11am or 11.30 – 12.30pm

Activity clothes and sturdy shoes are a must for all. Bring waterproofs, wellies, (a change of clothes for the journey home).
To book – click here.
For further information on times, activities and prices, please email sandra@the-worldoutside.co.uk or take a look at our website www.the-worldoutside.co.uk

 

 

Sat 20th April Plant Hunters’ Fair

FREE admission into the Plant Fair. Top specialist nurseries with thousands of plants to choose from.

Each stall has it’s own unique range of plants including rare, unusual, heritage and brand new varieties. There is something for every garden!

Normal admission applies into the grounds.

Mon 8th & 15th April –  Pencil & Watercolour Workshops

Come down to Bodenham Arboretum and unleash your inner artist with the help of local artist Daphne Millington. Learn new skills using pencils and / or watercolours to create your very own masterpiece.

We ask that you please bring a HB pencil + a selection of coloured pencils, putty rubber and smooth paper if you’re sticking to the pencil drawing; if you prefer using watercolours please bring along your own paints and brushes – however we will have some spare if you’re unable to get hold of all of these.

The day also includes morning tea or coffee with cake, homemade meat plaits with a selection of delicious salads and a scrumptious homemade dessert and finish the day off with the Bodenham afternoon cream tea.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £29.50 per person with a non refundable £5 deposit to be paid per person to secure your place.
To book: call the Visitor Centre 01562 852 444. Please note spaces are limited. Please note that we have other workshops running throughout the year – these will be listed here in ‘What’s On.’

 

 

Extended! Sat 16th Feb – Sun 10th March

Bodenham’s Gingerbread Trail

Search for the hidden Gingerbread characters around the Arboretum. Each time you find a Gingerbread Man you will also be given a clue that will eventually lead you to their special Gingerbread Home!

Then why not try some of the delicious gingerbread we will be serving in our Visitor Centre with a cup of hot chocolate! A perfect winter treat!

Normal Admission Fees apply: Adults £6.50 Children (aged 5yrs +) £3.50
Booking not required, simply turn up.